Exactly a week from now, by around this time next week, Bhutan would have finished conducting its second parliamentary election. The country would have finished selecting 47 candidates from 47 constituencies or the second set of parliamentarians for the next five-year term.
It would also be a much of a relief for the politically-fatigued electorate, especially the urban intelligentsia, who have been rambling that politics were driving them insane, and were wishing that elections were soon over.
Nonetheless, the time next week would also be that of jubilation for one of the two parties that will take the helm of the country as the ruling government and for party candidates securing a seat in the Parliament as its member.
And by then, keen followers of politics and analysts would have also given their reasoning and logic on the outcome of the election. Back in the villages, even our rural folks would be heaving a sigh of relief for not having had to attend frequent party meetings and be listeners to political ramblings amid works in the fields. Works may be seen resuming again in the farms, their main source of livelihood.
Here, around this time next week, we may envision things would be normal again, or normalcy taking over the day gradually, however, how easily it would happen so is another question.
The political drama will have definitely ended, but not the rags and garbage that it would be leaving behind – the signs of division or split in the society, distrustfulness among each other and estrangement that have been reportedly apparent and happening during this election, and further fueled by the two political parties.
For instance, farmers from Punakha who are presently bringing their farm produce, hiring trucks and Mahindra Bolero, to Thimphu exhibit the other doings of politics. Farmers supporting one political parties usually refrained from letting others that supported another party join their group while hiring vehicle for transportation, and vice versa. Similarly, such happenings, perhaps, are not confined to Punakha alone.
And coming back to the present, the electorate must also realize that we have this mammoth responsibility this week before we go on to the next, to go to the polls and exercise our franchise. More than the time next week, the act we would do this week will determine and shape the future of our country and people. This is the truth for now.
For all the obvious reasons and keeping in the mind the larger picture – democracy, we should play our roles today to ensure that. The experiences of political fatigue and tiredness resulting from debauched politics seem to have culminated as of now, but that shouldn’t deter us from going to the polls. People elsewhere have died for this right.